On Having Enough

I had to work this past weekend, which made for one very cooped-up puppy. Cooped-up Lucy = crazy Lucy, and it’s not fun for anyone. After spending most of the day inside, she did not sleep. At. All. Which was the one thing I very much needed this weekend. To say I was a little cranky on Sunday morning would be putting it nicely.

Then my mom called.

I was so caught up in work this weekend that I hadn’t heard about the earthquake in Nepal, and the immense destruction the country is facing. We have family living in Kathmandu for their jobs, who are thankfully alive and okay but as you can imagine, devastated. There are no shelters, as aftershock is a real fear, and it’s extremely difficult to get flights out. They are, quite literally, sleeping on the street.

That’ll put things into perspective, huh? Here I am, grouchin’ around because I’m tired, while thousands of people have lost their lives, or their loved ones, or their homes. Wtf right?

Later that day at the conference I was working at, as if on cue, author and emotional eating expert, Geneen Roth, spoke about having enough. If you haven’t read her books or heard her speak, you oughta. She’s just fantastic. She read from one of her books, Lost and Found, in which she describes the day she and her husband found out they had lost all their savings in the Bernie Madoff debacle. Until she lost everything, she never thought she had enough. She went on to talk about the connection between money and food, and how we often don’t think we have enough. Food, money, clothes, cars, houses … all of the things. Consequentially, we believe we are not enough, that our lives are not good enough. We focus so much on all the bad stuff, we don’t celebrate the good stuff.

She asked the crowd, how often do you celebrate NOT having a toothache? Think about it. When we have a toothache, it’s all we can focus on. We obsess over how good life would be if we didn’t have a toothache.

When’s the last time we thought about all the things we do have, instead of what we don’t have?

I for one, don’t do it often. The past couple of days I’ve been trying to start each morning by thinking about what I’m grateful for. Like a roof over my head. And water to drink. And food to eat. There are so many people in Nepal right now that can’t say the same.

Life is good, guys. Life is really good, and there’s a lot to be thankful for. Taking the time to acknowledge these things each day can go a long way in helping us feel good. When we feel good, we are more prone to thinking that we have enough.

There are many ways you can contribute to the earthquake relief effort in Nepal. You can donate if you can afford to, you can ask about a charitable giving fund at your company (mine is matching donations this week here), or you can send your thoughts and prayers. Every effort counts!

Bridget

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